Thursday, June 07, 2012

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 3, 2012): Stay Tuned

TV RerunNPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 3, 2012): Stay Tuned:
Q: Take the names of two state capitals. Change one letter in each one, resulting in a phrase naming someone you will see soon on TV. Who is it? (Hint: You don't really have to know anything about TV to solve this puzzle.)
Whenever I wade through the channels to see what is on TV, I see nothing but re-runs.

Edit: My hint was "wade" which is a hint to the states of WA and DE as well as an indirect hint to water and diving.
A: Olympic Diver
Olympia, WA --> Olympic
Dover, DE --> Diver

64 comments:

  1. Here's my standard reminder... don't post the answer or any hints that could lead directly to the answer (e.g. via Google or Bing) before the deadline of Thursday at 3pm ET. If you know the answer, click the link and submit it to NPR, but don't give it away here.

    You may provide indirect hints to the answer to show you know it, but make sure they don't give the answer away. You can openly discuss your hints and the answer after the Thursday deadline. Thank you.

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  2. Too many easy puzzles. I really think that the show lost its soul when Liane left.

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    1. It's not exactly a ten, is it?

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    2. Oh God,...

      I was wondering how your clue could possibly connect with the answer, but then I figured it out.

      (You devil, you!)

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    3. Will Shortz must be a really good sport to put up with the criticism you hacks give him on a weekly basis about how easy these puzzles are!

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    4. Jim, I doubt Will reads this blog. Oh wait! I just figured out the puzzle!

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  3. I had to bang my head before I aced this one.

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  4. I heard Lucille Ball's kid is going to be on DWTS:
    Little Rick Dansing ?
    Getting bored of that show - I think they already jumped the shark.

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  5. Nice try, but dancing is spelled with a "c", not an "s".

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  6. You might see a sales lover on the Home Shopping Network.

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  7. This puzzle has a familiar ring to it. Wasn't Hamlet in a recent puzzle, too?

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  8. She's the one! Seize her, Mr. Dangerfield! But beware, she has many different tricks, though they won't work in the southeast.

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  9. Being from St. Louis, if I were here 108 years ago, I might have seen this event in person.

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  10. Rearrange the answer to get another term for short-sighted gibberish. Now that is presidential.

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  11. Very easy. Will's been slacking lately. He needs to go back to school.

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    1. No respect for the puzzle master, eh?

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  12. I'm looking forward to this summer's A&E documentary on Saint Raul Augusto, patron saint of wrong answers.

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  13. An inexperienced baton twirler took one right in the eye at the local Memorial Day parade Monday. Now I know what a baton gouge noise sounds like.

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  14. I give up – can’t get anything from your lofty clues. I guess it’s swan song time for me.

    Chuck

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  15. If Will keeps putting up these poor quality puzzles it may precipitate a sharp drop in participation soon.

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  16. I saw Chelsey Sullenberger on TV. He was the best on landing a plane in the Hudson.

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  17. I saw Justin Pierce on TV too. Malcolm in the Middle reruns must be coming up.

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    1. I'm supposing skydiveboy wanted to insure everyone got this one.

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  19. I solved this in a small run down neighborhood bar.

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  20. This puzzle was a little shallow for my tastes.

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  21. Blaine, some of those re-runs are oldies but goodies.

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  23. COMMENT

    Several hours ago, when I received the NPR reply from sending in my answer, I replied with yet again another puzzle I made up. This time it is exactly the type of puzzle Will uses and is only slightly intelligent. Therefor I fully expect he will use it soon should he actually see it, and I have my doubts about that last part. All my previous submissions have been dropped from inclusion.

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  24. If Will deepened the meaning of these puzzles, we wouldn't be so bored of them.

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  25. well, I am ready to take that leap of faith and send in my answer. I believve I would be well suited to be chosen this week

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  26. Every commercial on TV has a SALES MOVER

    Will a future soap opera feature HELEN'S LOVER?

    Is a person who enjoys loud thrilling sports contests a NOISE LOVER?

    Will there be a future profile of a start-struck admirer of a popular singer called JUSTIN LOVER?

    And when a plane touches ground is it a NOISE LANDING?

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  27. This being the season when we honor GRADUATES, a person who admires the screen legend playing the most famous graduate in cinema would be a DUSTIN LOVER.

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  28. It's a little after 3 in the morning as I type this. I'm watching Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, the service at WestMinster Cathedral. It's so nice that my cable company carries an almost local Canadian channel which carries the CBC's broadcast of the whole thing. It's so nice to see it not only in HD, but as it's happening, rather than several hours delayed as would be the case on the American channels.
    A few days ago I refered to this in a post. GEEZ!! What was all the fuss about?

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    1. Hey, she's been Queen for 60 years now! Just what is your big rush?

      The puzzle this week was too easy to deserve a clue. When I heard it, the answer sprang immediately to mind. After all, we had just carefully reviewed all those state capitals for the "medicine" result!

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    2. dumpsterdivelad:

      The fuss about which I was asking was not in regard to the Diamond Jubilee, but to the reaction I got to my earlier post. Ever heard of good-natured ribbing?

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    3. You seem to have trouble getting the message.

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  29. Oops, apparantly the service was at St. Paul's catheral, not West Minster.

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  30. Other NPR puzzles this week:

    Click and Clack have a somewhat challenging word puzzle that they used several years ago. You can read it at:

    http://www.cartalk.com/content/mysterious-operation

    while Ken Rudin's Scuttlebutton Challenge is a real groaner that rivals Will's for simplicity:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/politicaljunkie/2012/06/05/154356876/its-scuttlebutton-time

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  31. OLYMPIC DIVER from Olympia, WA and Dover Delaware.

    My clues:

    "I had to bang my head before I aced this one."
    Greg Louganis hit his head on the high dive board and a major uproar ensued due to his HIV status.

    "It's not exactly a ten, is it?"
    Another hint at the Olympics and their scoring system.

    "If Will keeps putting up these poor quality puzzles it may precipitate a sharp drop in participation soon."
    Refers to high diving.

    "Does anyone recall Lloyd Bridges in Sea Hunt?"
    I didn't think it was a giveaway, but some did and this comment was deleted by Blaine.

    "...All my previous submissions have been dropped from inclusion."
    Hinting at diving.

    Also, at the end of last week's blog, I made a comment with a hint in response to Lorenzo's clue, which was something about the postal codes, when combined together, hinting at the answer. This, of course, was WADE and I commented that while I usually enjoyed his hints, I found this one a bit shallow. Lorenzo did not post his hint again to this week's blog. Good one Lorenzo.

    REMEMBER: Puzzle deadline is 3 hours early this week only.

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  32. "She's the one" as one dollar bill with George Washington. "Seize her" "Mr. Dangerfield" = Caesar Rodney, Revolutionary War hero on Delaware state quarter.

    Also, "many different" (diverse) but not in southeast ( minus SE ) = diver.

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  33. > Blaine, some of those re-runs are OLDIes but goodies.

    ... as in OLympic DIver

    > Oops. Keep heading northeast...

    Continuing northeast from Westminster, past St. Paul's, you get to the 2012 Olympic Stadium.

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  34. When Dave posted on Sat Jun 02 at 10:27:00 PM PDT:
    "Too many easy puzzles. I really think that the show lost its soul when Liane left."

    I replied on Sun Jun 03 at 01:02:00 AM PDT:
    "Oh God,...

    I was wondering how your clue could possibly connect with the answer, but then I figured it out.

    (You devil, you!)"

    I figured that Dave's post had been a reference to the movie "Oh God, You Devil!" starring George Burns as both God and also as the devil, who in that movie accepts the soul of a singer for success, but also changing his name to that of his previous contractee, Billy Wade. Ah, the word "WADE" again!

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    1. I rather doubt that. I believe Dave's hint was to the Seoul Olympics and Greg Louganis.

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    2. Perhaps. That would mean that my incorrect interpretation of Dave's clue resulted in a possibly better clue from me!

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    3. I think you flatter yourself unduly.

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    4. I thought EaWAf's "You devil, you!" clue was to "The Devil's Advocate", an Al Pacino movie, and that he was just running a week late.

      Those of us using the word "dive" in our alias were especially at risk this week for revealing too much, even without any more words, but I did say that the answer "sprang" immediately to mind. Think diving boards!

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    5. And I thought the reference was to Dover sole!

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  35. Heck, I'm mystified by all this -- I was trying to link up Hansen or Hanson with the name of a dive or diver...with limited success.

    I smiled this week when I noticed that Ramsey Lewis is still performing....at 76!

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  36. Check that...77! Happy birthday, Ramsey!

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  37. Being from St. Louis, if I were here 108 years ago, I might have seen this event in person.

    108 years ago, the Olympic Games where held in St. Louis in 1904. It as was also when Diving was introduced as an Olympic event.

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  38. I interpreted Blaine's clue as "wade" referring to swimming, "channel" referring to the English Channel, and "re-runs" referring London hosted the Olympics 3 three times. Hence Olympic Diver.

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  39. Last Sunday I said, “I give up – can’t get anything from your lofty clues. I guess it’s swan song time for me.” Lofty was meant to evoke high (as in dive). Swan song was meant to evoke swan dive. Olympic diver from Olympia and Dover.

    Chuck

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  40. I really don't know where the time goes. Two days late, two puzzle penalty.

    2 for 1

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  41. I don't know where else to put this, but I just "heard" that the Car Talk guys are ending their program at the end of September!

    I know the news is not exactly pertinent here, but I can't think of anything else to do!!

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    1. Yes, they are officially retiring. The show will go on as a "best of" show starting in October. As a fan of the show, this doesn't come as any surprise, considering they've been using a lot of "recycled" material in their show for a couple years now.

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